Sunday, February 28, 2016



So it's Sunday afternoon.
The condo rules clearly state, and reminder notices were posted recently, that there is to be no construction noise, reno work etc on weekends or holidays.

Yet once again someone is hammering.

Clearly their need to hammer on a Sunday is more important that the peace and quiet of all the human beings in all the units in this building who have to listen to it.

Human beings.
It's a wonder the species has survived this long.



Thursday, February 25, 2016



Remember when you bought a DVD of a movie and it went immediately to the main menu?


Then they started adding  previews and even ads to the beginning.


I just had my first one where you could neither fast forward through the previews or go to the menu.


Marketing types can ruin just about anything.








Thursday, February 18, 2016



Dentist today.

They keep wanting me to wear goggles while they work on my mouth.

That's OK but I really don't think they sterilize them between patients.

I tend to get rashes etc on my face and I wonder if they're getting transferred from me to other patients.

It also seems like a great way to spread cold and 'flu germs.

But as usual in my life,  I try to avoid conflict and just go along with them and wear the damn things.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016



So the renovations have moved into their fifth week.   How can there be anything left in that unit to drill and hammer?   After four weeks how can they not be down to bare concrete?

I don't want to live here.  I just can't think where I can live and have some peace and quiet.

I wish I were one of the people who can go and live in a van.  Of course that would be very difficult in this climate.  Not to mention the fact that I don't like driving and only do it if I absolutely have to.  Well, actually I do like driving, it's the other people on the road that I don't like.  And I'd no doubt feel very exposed and insecure trying to sleep in a van.

I think many people are so used to noise that don't even register it anymore.  I wish I could do that.  I wish I could just detach myself and ignore it all.

I have multiple noisy things running and I'm going to put on some restful music and listen to that through noise-cancelling headphones and hope that will keep me reasonably calm.






Thursday, February 11, 2016



Still here.
Still stressed.
I have six different sources of sound running to block out the sounds from the building.

Yet I still hear clunks and bangs.

This is no way to live.

But where can I go that it will be quiet.

I've lived in the country.
Snow mobiles, ATV's, hunters, dogs barking, chain saws, humans partying - and believe me, recorded or live music carries very long distances in the open air.

The same applied when I tried to live in a cottage by a small lake but add in skidoos, motorboats, drunken teenagers having parties at their parent's cottage and screaming children.

Nor do I want all the work involved in maintaining a place outside a city or town.  There's a lot more involved than for an urban home.

At one of my houses in Toronto the neighbour next door had a year-round hot tub (with non-stop pump and heater) plus outdoor speakers.

(And what inconsiderate sadist thought up outdoor speakers in the first place?)

Another had a woman who sat out every evening all summer long drinking and yapping with friends. On her deck.  Which was right outside my kitchen window.

Then there was the teenager who blared the radio for hours while working on his car.

In two places there were guys who did projects, with power tools, in their garages, with the door open,  in the evenings and on weekends.






Wednesday, February 10, 2016



I am having a really bad day.

I know that I'm more sensitive to noise than most people and it's been a problem for me all my life.

I've owned three houses and four condominiums in Toronto and every time I've moved the reason has been not being able to tolerate any longer noise produced by other people.

Someone has been renovating in this condo building and this is now the fourth week of drilling and banging and I feel as though I'm nearing the end of my rope.  Even though they're limited to 9-5 on weekdays, when that noise is combined with the noises I hear at other hours I feel like I'm never allowed a moment's quiet.

The neighbour across the hall seems to incapable of closing his door without banging, certainly he's incapable of remembering to try not to do it.  

During the evening I hear various clunks and bangs and starting around 5:30 in the morning someone is up and again I hear sounds until around 7 to 7:30 when presumably they leave for work.   Saturday the sounds start a little later and on Sunday I think they sleep in.

The last few days I've been woken up at least once during the night but a really loud bang - it sounds like someone has dropped a concrete block on the floor.

Then there's the dog down the hall that goes into a yipping frenzy whenever they open their door.  There's no place in my condo where I don't hear it.

I run the fan on the heating unit non-stop. I have white noise machines, I have white noise software on my computer, I have different kinds of earplugs, I have noise-cancelling headphones.  None of them totally work.  Even when I use them all together.

I just don't know what to do.  Or where to go.

I know most of the people in this world live with far bigger problems than this.

But I'm exhausted and harassed and lacking sleep and I just don't know what to do or how I am going to go on.